India’s second digital surgical strike on China a welcome move

    Upping the ante against China and its surrogate means of stealing our data, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned 47 Chinese apps which were acting as clones of the 59 apps which had been banned end of June. The banned clones include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite.

    Highly placed sources within the government say India is also keeping a close watch on over 250 Chinese apps including those linked to Alibaba for data breach and channelizing Indian user data with Chinese agencies. The list also includes Tencent-backed popular gaming app PUBG.

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    Government’s move has sent out a loud message across the border that India will not compromise on national security considerations. While the government has already introduced a filter to deter Chinese firms from bidding in PSU tenders, its time to put each and every Chinese investment in different Indian ventures under the scanner considering the fact that in many cases a direct link with the People’s Liberation Army and Chinese government is coming to the fore when one starts scratching below the surface.

    With global consensus building up against China, its time India starts riding the wave from the front. China’s bullying tactics won’t work any longer.

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